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101 Ways How Not to Treat a Professional Athlete Feat David Willey | David Willey Announces Retirement

Fired. Dropped. Left Out. Mismanaged. Ignored. Neglected.

These are some of the worst feelings to have. I’m sure all of us have suffered something similar at one time or another in our lives. As Irish poet Oscar Wilde once reflected,

“There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.” 

Today we discuss the curious case of David Willey, who announced that he will retire from international cricket at the age of 33. Unlike Quinton de Kock, Naveen-ul-Haq, Alastair Cook, or AB de Villiers, Willey’s case is not dictated by the influx of franchise leagues or overkill of cricket. 

His career is a study in how NOT to treat a cricketer or any professional athlete for that matter.

Ignorance, But Not Bliss 

The retirement call might have been hastened by ECB’s careless choice of announcing new central contracts amidst a tumbling World Cup campaign.

These contracts are said to be worth between £130,000–£800,000. These are multi-year contracts with additional scope of £70,000 for any County commitments. Why did the ECB need to take such drastic actions?

Well, cricket is changing and 2023 has been a watershed moment with SAT20, ILT20, and MLC offering more income and additional options to IPL, BBL, CPL, and PSL. With IPL franchises owning teams around the world, there were murmurs about franchises offering year-long contracts to players, thereby threatening the last remaining bits of international cricket.

The English administration had to act fast. And act they did.

27 England players were offered a central contract. Every member in the World Cup squad except for one was offered a central contact.

And that one was David Willey.


England’s 2023 World Cup Debacle

The decision would have made sense had Willey been out of favor for a few months or had a dip in form or was out of his prime, but let’s look at the facts.

  • In England’s derailing World Cup, who has the best batting average? You guessed it right, David Willey — 42.00 (yes he bats in the bottom and may have not-outs to boost him up but so what…let’s not go in the details here) 
  • Willey is also England’s third highest wicket-taker despite only playing 3 matches so far  — 5 (the only more unfortunate player than Willey is at the top of England’s bowling charts — Reece Topley, who has gone back home with yet another freak injury).
  • 2nd best bowling average — yep Willey again (behind Topley)
  • 3rd most sixes…behind Malan and Mark Wood (which tells you everything you need to know about England’s listless World Cup)

But I know what you must be thinking — these are stats after the contracts were announced, but what about the statistics leading up to the World Cup?

  • Between the 2019–2023 World Cups, David Willey was England’s second highest wicket taker and the highest wicket taker for a pacer (37 wickets in 21 ODIs compared to 41 in 27 for Adil Rashid).
  • 37 wickets, 22.35 Average, 5.2 Economy, best of 5/30, 4/5 fers: 1/2

Those are stellar figures. In the absence of Jofra Archer & Mark Wood, Willey often led the attack alongside Topley & Saqib Mahmood.

In his own words, he was “Upset, angry, disappointed.”

The Horror of 2019 

But this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Imagine taking 52 wickets in 45 wickets and being a consistent member of the side for FOUR years before being dropped on the eve of the World Cup (after being initially selected)…for someone who had taken 3 wickets.

Well that happened to Willey. Now of course, it’s another story that the person he was dropped for was none other than Jofra Archer, waiting for his residency period to complete after immigrating from Barbados. Archer would end up playing an instrumental part in the World Cup victory a month later and bowled THAT Super Over.

Anyway, back to Willey.

What’s more depressing is that deep down, Willey predicted that he would be the one to be cut. He said a few days earlier to Archer’s inclusion, 

“It’s an interesting dilemma for the captain, coach, and selectors. It’s a group of players that have been together for three or four years now that have got us to No. 1….Whether someone should just walk in at the drop of a hat because they are available, whether that’s the right thing. I don’t know.”

I am sure Willey would have been crushed. 

What did Ed Smith, England’s selector back then, have to say?

“He deserves to be in the World Cup squad. But that’s sport.”

Broken Cricket Dreams.

The Hope of 2022

When there is disappointment, there is always a glimmer of hope. 

Willey did enjoy some good memories over the years.

In domestic cricket, he gained a reputation of batting in the top order and hitting some gigantic sixes. He was England’s leading wicket taker in the 2016 T20 Final and had a stunning all-round performance of 21*(14) of 4–0–20–3 in the Final (could have been a player of the Final…but unfortunately, Marlon Samuels & Carlos Brathwaite had other plans). 

Then the 2019 World Cup happened.

He made another comeback and was selected in the 2021 & 2022 T20 World Cup squads but would not end up playing a single game (at least he finally lifted the T20 World Cup Trophy with the team). 

Forever on the Sidelines

First there was Archer. Then another player picked out of thin air, Tymal Mills. 

With Topley & Sam Curran around, there was always competition in the left arm pace department. In the all-rounders category, England were blessed with Stokes, Woakes, and Moeen Ali.

Willey had to prove to the selectors every time he took the field in an England jersey because his spot was never confirmed. He was always in the scheme of things but only on the edge. As a substitute, an injury replacement. 

But once another shining player was found or conditions did not favor swing, Willey was the first to be dropped. 

In this case, he was the only one not among 27. 

England lost out on Willey, not the other way around. David Willey — Forever on the sidelines.

Resilience and Determination – David Willey in his Own Words

And here is David Willey’s retirement statement in his own word.

“Winning World Cup with my family around…that medal there…I didn’t play in that World Cup…But that victory signified so much for me…Coming back into the side and being there…that was very special.”

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2023 Cricket World Cup England Squad (The Definitive Guide): Can England Continue their ODI Legacy?

Here is everything you need to know from 2023 Cricket World Cup England squad announcement.

The 2023 Cricket World Cup is the 13th edition of the prestigious tournament and will kick off in June of that year. England are one of the favorites to lift the trophy, with a strong squad filled with world-class talent. We take a look at who might make up their starting XI by looking at some of the leading candidates for each position.

Let’s dive right in.

Key Takeaways from England’s ODI Squad Announcement

  • The average age of England’s 2023 Cricket World Cup squad is 33.1. Only Harry Brook (24), Gus Atkinson (25), Sam Curran (25), and Reece Topley (29) are under the age of 30.
  • The 15-member England’s World Cup squad has average ODI match experience of 76 ODIs (1133 ODIs among 15 players).
  • England’s squad composition is as follows: 6 proper batters (with two part-time bowling options), 5 all-rounders, and 4 proper bowling options. In total, England have 11 bowling options (2 leg spin, 2 off spin, 3 left arm pace, and 4 right arm pace) in their squad if absolutely needed.
  • England have 4 left-handed batting options (Stokes, Malan, Sam Curran, Moeen Ali) and two wicketkeeping options.
  • England will continue to prolong their T20 & ODI legacy. They have picked 9 players from their 2019 ODI World Cup winning squad and 10 players from their 2022 T20 World Cup squad.

England Cricket World Cup Team at a Glance

Jason Roy**Batter33
Jonny BairstowBatter/Wicketkeeper34
Dawid MalanBatter35
Joe RootBatter/part-time off spin32
Ben StokesAll-Rounder/ Medium Pace32
Jos ButtlerBatter/Wicketkeeper32
Harry BrookBatter24
Liam LivingstoneBatter/part-time leg spin30
Moeen AliAll-Rounder/off-spin36
Sam CurranAll-Rounder/Medium Pace25
Mark WoodFast Bowler33
Adil RashidLeg Spin35
Reece TopleyFast Bowler29
Chris WoakesAll-Rounder/Medium Pace34
David WilleyAll-Rounder/Medium Pace33
Gus AtkinsonFast Bowler25
Jofra Archer*Fast Bowler28

*Traveling Reserve

**axed from the final England squad

Also Read:

England Cricket World Cup 2023 Potential XI

  1. Jonny Bairstow (WK)
  2. Dawid Malan
  3. Joe Root
  4. Harry Brook
  5. Ben Stokes
  6. Jos Buttler (C)
  7. Liam Livingstone
  8. Moeen Ali
  9. Sam Curran
  10. Mark Wood
  11. Adil Rashid

Injury News

7 England Players Who Were Unlucky to Miss Out

England is blessed with limited over talent. Harry Brook has been in top notch form with 4 Test centuries, ODI fifty, and T20I fifty. He was also in the world cup winning T20 World Cup squad.

  • Jason Roy, Tom Curran, Ben Duckett, James Vince, Will Jacks, Phil Salt, Brydon Carse, Saqib Mahmood, Rehan Ahmed, Liam Dawson

Surprise Pick for England’s World Cup Squad

  • Gus Atkinson is a surprise pick for the World Cup team. He has bowled at up to 95 mph speeds in the Hundred. Atkinson has only played two List A games, 14 first class matches, and 41 T20 games.
  • Ben Stokes coming out of retirement and scoring a 182.
  • Harry Brook picked over Jason Roy.

How Many Players Played in England’s 2019 ODI World Cup Squad?

8 players (Bairstow, Root, Stokes, Buttler, Ali, Wood, Rashid, Woakes) were part of England’s 2019 World Cup squad.

How Many Players Played in England’s 2022 T20 World Cup Squad?

11 players (Brook, Buttler, Ali, S Curran, Livingstone, Malan, Rashid, Stokes, Willey, Woakes, Wood) were part of England’s 2022 T20 World Cup squad.

2023 Cricket World Cup Squad: England Cricket Team List of Players for the World Cup

1. Jason Roy (Axed)

Role: Right Hand Bat (Opener)

  • Matches/Innings: 116/110
  • Runs: 4271, Best: 180
  • Average/SR: 39.91/105.53
  • 100/50: 12/21

Recent ODI Form: 9, 1, 4, 132, 19

Last ODI: March 6, 2023

Age: 33

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2. Jonny Bairstow (WK)

Role: Right hand bat/Wicketkeeper

  • Matches/Innings: 98/89
  • Runs: 3634, Best: 141*
  • Average/SR: 46.58/104.12
  • 100/50: 11/17
  • Catches/Stumpings: 48/3

Recent ODI Form: 38, 0, 63, 28, DNB (did not bat), 86*, 12, 73, 6, 0, 13

Last ODI: September 14,, 2023

Age: 34

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3. Dawid Malan

Role: Left Hand Bat

  • Matches/Innings: 21/21
  • Runs: 769, Best: 134
  • Average/SR: 54.92/93.09
  • 100/50: 4/3

Recent ODI Form: 12, 118, 114*, 11, 0, 54, -, 2, 26, 54, 96, 127

Last ODI: September 14, 2023

Age: 35

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4. Joe Root

Role: Right Hand Bat/Right Arm Off-Spin

  • Matches/Innings: 162/151
  • Runs: 6207, Best: 133*
  • Average/SR: 50.05/86.93
  • 100/50: 16/36

Recent ODI Form: 11, 0, 86, 1, DNB

Last ODI: July 24, 2022

Age: 32

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5. Ben Stokes

Role: Left Hand Bat/Right Arm Fast Medium

  • Matches/Innings: 108/93
  • Runs: 2924, Best: 102*
  • Average/SR: 38.98/95.08
  • 100/50: 3/21
  • Wickets: 74, Best: 5/61
  • Economy: 6.05

Recent ODI Form: 32, 0, 21, 27, 5 & 0/31 0/1, DNB, 0/14, 0/44

Last ODI: July 19, 2022

Age: 32

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6. Jos Buttler (C/WK)

Role: Right Hand Batter/ Wicketkeeper

  • Matches/Innings: 169/142
  • Runs: 4647, Best: 162*
  • Average/SR: 41.49/117.97
  • 100/50: 11/24
  • Catches/Stumpings: 204/34

Recent ODI Form: 94*, 131, 9, 76, 26

Last ODI: March 6, 2023

Age: 32

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7. Liam Livingstone

Role: Right Arm Bat, Right Arm Legbreak/Offbreak

  • Matches/Innings: 16/14
  • Runs: 250, Best: 66*
  • Average/SR: 31.25/122.54
  • Wickets: 6, Best: 2/30
  • 100/50: 0/1

Recent ODI Form: 33, 27, 10, 38, DNB

Last ODI: 24 July, 2022

Age: 30

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8. Sam Curran

Role: Left Arm Bat/Left Hand Medium Fast

  • Matches/Innings: 26/19
  • Runs: 318, Best of: 95*
  • Average/SR: 24.46/96.36
  • 100/50: 0/1, 4w/5w: 1/1
  • Wickets: 26, Best: 5/48
  • Economy: 3.23

Recent ODI Form: 17, 28, 11, 33*, 23 & 3/35, 1/60, 0/50, 4/29, 2/51

Last ODI: March 6, 2023

Age: 25

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9. Moeen Ali

Role: Left Arm Bat, Right Arm Offbreak

  • Matches/Innings: 132/106
  • Runs: 2212, Best: 128
  • Average/SR: 25.13/99.46
  • 100/50: 3/6
  • Wickets: 99, Best: 4/46
  • Economy: 5.28

Recent ODI Form: 51, 41, 14, 52, 2 & 1/51, 0/32, 0/29, 2/35, 1/27, 0/48

Last ODI: March 6, 2023

Age: 36

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10. David Willey

Role: Left Hand Bat/ Left Arm Fast Medium

  • Matches/Innings: 67/66
  • Runs: 538, Best: 51
  • 100s/50s: 0/2
  • Wickets: 84, Best: 5/30
  • 4-fer/5-fer: 4/1
  • Economy: 5.58

Recent ODI Form: DNB, 34*, 6, 12*, 7 & 1/19, 2/51, 2/44, 0/63, 0/38

Last ODI: January 27, 2023

Age: 33

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11. Chris Woakes

Role: Right Arm Medium Pace/Right Hand Bat

  • Matches/Innings: 114/80
  • Runs: 1386, Best: 95*
  • Wickets: 160, Best: 6/45
  • 4-fer/5-fer: 10/3
  • Economy: 5.45

Recent ODI Form: 0/62, 0/60, 1/51, 1/28, 1/27 & 0, 14, 9*, 7, 34

Last ODI: March 6, 2023

Age: 34

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12. Mark Wood

Role: Right Arm Fast Bowler

  • Matches/Innings: 59/58
  • Wickets: 71, Best: 4/33
  • 4-fer/5-fer: 2/0
  • Economy: 5.42

Recent ODI Form: 3/34, 0/19, 0/35, 2/34, 0/14

Last ODI: March 3, 2023

Age: 33

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13. Reece Topley

Role: Left Arm Fast/Right Hand Bat

  • Matches/Innings: 26/26
  • Wickets: 33, Best: 6/24
  • 4-fer/5-fer: 1/1
  • Economy: 5.29

Recent ODI Form: 6/24, 3/35, 2/34, 0/34, 0/74, 0/48

Last ODI: February 1, 2023

Age: 29

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14. Adil Rashid

Role: Right Arm Leg break (can bat a bit)

  • Matches/Innings: 126/120
  • Runs: 734, Best: 69
  • Wickets: 183, Best: 5/27
  • 4-fer/5-fer: 8/2
  • Economy: 5.64

Recent ODI Form: 2/72, 3/68, 2/47, 4/45, 2/21

Last ODI: March 6, 2023

Age: 35

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15. Gus Atkinson

Role: Right Hand Bat/ Right Arm Fast

  • Matches/Innings: 3//3
  • Wickets: 1
  • Economy: 5.52

Age: 25

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16. Harry Brook

Role: Right Hand Bat

  • Matches/Innings: 6/6
  • Runs: 123, Best: 80
  • Average/SR: 20.50/79.35
  • 100/50: 0/1

Recent ODI Form: 0, 80, 6, 25, 2, 10

Last ODI: September 15, 2023

Age: 24

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17. Jofra Archer

Role: Right Arm Fast

  • Matches/Innings: 21/21
  • Wickets: 42, Best: 6/40
  • Economy: 4.80
  • 4/5 fer: 0/1

Recent ODI Form: 1/81, 6/40, 2/37, 3/35

Last ODI: March 6, 2023

Age: 28

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Final Thoughts

With a squad full of stars and potential match-winners, England are one of the favorites to lift the 2023 Cricket World Cup trophy.

The team is very well balanced, with experienced bowlers and reliable batters.

What do you think? Can they go all the way again in the subcontinent? Comment below with your thoughts!

Also Read:

Frequently Asked Questions – 2023 Cricket World Cup England Squad

Why did Ben Stokes unretire from ODI cricket?

Ben Stokes unretired from ODI cricket and came back to play in the 2023 ODI Cricket World Cup.

What is the average age of England’s 2023 Cricket World Cup squad?

England’s 2023 Cricket World Cup squad average age is 31.8 years.

Who is Gus Atkinson?

Gus Atkinson is a 25-year-old fast bowler from Chelsea, England that is bowling these days at 95 mph. He has played 2 List A games, 14 first class matches, and 41 T20Is. He plays for the Oval Invincibles in the Hundred and Surrey in County Cricket.

Who is selected for England’s 2023 Cricket World Cup squad?

Harry Brook, Jonny Bairstow (WK), Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (C), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Mark Wood, Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes, Daivd Willey, Gus Atkinson, and Reece Topley is selected for England’s 2023 Cricket World Cup squad.

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IPL 2021 Rajasthan Royals Preview: Can RR Aim Correctly Without Their Archer?

Rajasthan Royals 2021 Preview.

There used to be a time when frugal IPL auction buys and uncapped Indian players was the norm for RR. Now it is the complete opposite. They are overdependent on foreign players.

If Buttler has a great season, they make the top 4. Otherwise, same old story. Here is the preview.

Also Read: IPL 2021 Auctions Review, RR All-Time XI

IPL History

2008 (Champions), 2013 (3rd), 2015, 2018 – (4th)

How Did They Do Last Year?

8th. Except for Jofra Archer maiden overs, Ben Stokes opening century, Riyan Parag’s Bihu dance celebration, & a glimpse into Kartik Tyagi’s potential, not much to write home about.

Injury & COVID-19 News

Jofra Archer is bound to miss at least 4 matches due to a hand injury. Given that the T20I World Cup is England’s focus right now, it is unlikely that Archer will be risked much.

Complete Rajasthan Royals Squad

Batsman: Yashashvi Jaiswal, Riyan Parag, Manan Vohra, Anuj Rawat, Akash Singh

WK: Sanju Samson

All-Rounders: Shivam Dube, Mahipal Lomror, Rahul Tewatia

Spinners: KC Cariappa, Shreyas Gopal, Mayank Markande

Fast Medium: Kartik Tyagi, Jaydev Unadkat, Chetan Sakariya

Overseas: Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Liam Livingstone, David Miller, Chris Morris, Mustafizur Rahman, Ben Stokes, Andrew Tye

Uncapped (even in first class): Kuldip Yadav

Predicted RR XI

Rumors suggest that England captain Eoin Morgan has inside information from rival camp of Rajasthan Royals. Maybe a Buttler-Stokes opening partnership to better help England prepare for the upcoming World Cup?

I would still start out with Jaiswal as an opener. (But then I am no captain of the best limited overs side in the world).

  1. Jos Buttler2. Yashasvi Jaiswal/ Manan Vohra/Riyan Parag, 3. Ben Stokes, 4. Sanju Samson (C/WK), 5. Shivam Dube, 6. Rahul Tewatia, 7. Chris Morris8. Shreyas Gopal, 9. Kartik Tyagi, 10. Mayank Markande/Jaydev Unadkat, 11. Mustafizur Rahman/Andrew Tye

Will David Miller get another season on the bench? (Or one game before a 0 (0) run out benches him for the rest of the season).

Watch Out For

  • Chris Morris. Has been sold for plenty at the auction, but some signs he is getting back to his best. Since his breakthrough season with Delhi a few years ago, he has not made a huge mark on the IPL. Is this the year?
  • Sanju Samson went from India’s #4 in the Australia tour to out of the squad. With an extended 23 men squad available for the T20I world cup, can he impress the selectors once again?
  • Buttler-Stokes in the top order.

Where Can Things Go Wrong For the Royals?

Lack of pace. The Fizz, Tye, Unadkat, & even Morris are arguably the world’s best off cutter bowling combination in the world. Without Jofra Archer though, they might fail to defend scores in Mumbai, Kolkata, & Bangalore.

Only so many Tewatia specials can save the Royals.

Venues & Fixtures


Mumbai- 5, Delhi – 4, Kolkata – 3, Bangalore – 2


  • 12 April: RR vs PBKS (Mumbai)
  • 15 April: RR vs DC (Mumbai)
  • 19 April: CSK vs RR (Mumbai)
  • 22 April: RCB vs RR (Mumbai)
  • 24 April: RR vs KKR (Mumbai)
  • 29 April: MI vs RR (Delhi)
  • 2 May: RR vs SRH (Delhi)
  • 5 May: RR vs CSK (Delhi)
  • 8 May: RR vs MI (Delhi)
  • 11 May: DC vs RR (Kolkata)
  • 13 May: SRH vs RR (Kolkata)
  • 16 May: RR vs RCB (Kolkata)
  • 18 May: KKR vs RR (Bangalore)
  • 22 May: PBKS vs RR (Bangalore)
  • 25 May: Qualifier 1 (Ahmedabad)
  • 26 May: Eliminator (Ahmedabad)
  • 28 May: Qualifier 2 (Ahmedabad)
  • 30 May: Final (Ahmedabad)


Most Runs Jos Buttler
Most WicketsMustafizur Rahman
Emerging PlayerMr. Liam Livingstone, I presume?
Surprise PackageShivam Dube
X FactorJos Buttler
Broken Cricket DreamDavid Miller
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Top 50 England Cricket Team Players: Does England Have More Reserve Depth Than India?

Today we discuss Top 50 England Cricket Team players.

England’s rotation policy is well documented. Anderson and Broad have been preserved for more than a decade, while the Woods, Stones, Archers, and Currans rotate. Their bowling depth is quite vast.

After years of mediocre cricket, England’s rise post 2015 has been nothing short of marvelous. 2016 WT20 final, 2017 Champions Trophy semi-finals, winning it all in the 2019 World Cup, and the team to beat at the upcoming 2021 T20 World Cup. Their limited overs bench strength is quite something. In Tests, they have now won a record 6 in a row overseas.

Last week, we analyzed India’s bench strength…of 75 players, which can field four complete international quality teams. England can definitely field Team Morgan Vs Team Buttler, but can this era of English cricket give India a fight in their reserves?

Today’s Twist

Build FOUR England National Cricket Teams: 2 Test teams, an ODI, and a T20I XI so that (1) each team can field a team (wicketkeeper & 5 bowling options), and (2) a player is not repeated in any of the lists.

The Catch

  • Would you pick Ben Stokes for the Test team, ODI, or the T20I? How about Jofra Archer? Is Buttler more dangerous ODI middle-order batsman or a T20I opener?
  • Can you make all 4 teams balanced? The goal is that each team is just as good and competitive on the international stage. The ODI & T20I teams should be good enough for the World Cups and the Test teams for the World Test Championship.

England Cricket Team Players

*uncapped player

Test Team 1

  1. 1. Rory Burns
  2. 2. Dom Sibley
  3. 3. Zak Crawley
  4. 4. Joe Root (C)
  5. 5. Ollie Pope
  6. 6. Ben Foakes (WK)
  7. 7. Jofra Archer
  8. 8. Stuart Broad
  9. 9. Dom Bess
  10. 10. Jack Leach
  11. 11. James Anderson

Test Team 2

  1. 1. Haseeb Hameed
  2. 2. Keaton Jennings
  3. 3. Joe Denly
  4. 4. Dan Lawrence
  5. 5. Moeen Ali (C)
  6. 6. James Bracey* (WK)
  7. 7. Sam Curran
  8. 8. Craig Overton
  9. 9. Jake Ball
  10. 10. Mason Crane
  11. 11. Olly Stone

England Cricket Limited Overs Teams


  • 1. Jason Roy
  • 2. Jonny Bairstow (WK)
  • 3. Eoin Morgan (C)
  • 4. Ben Stokes
  • 5. Jos Buttler (WK)
  • 6. Sam Billings
  • 7. Chris Woakes
  • 8. David Willey
  • 9. Adil Rashid
  • 10. Mark Wood
  • 11. Saqib Mahmood


  1. 1. Alex Hales
  2. 2. James Vince
  3. 3. Dawid Malan (C)
  4. 4. Tom Banton
  5. 5. Liam Livingstone
  6. 6. Ben Duckett (WK)
  7. 7. Lewis Gregory
  8. 8. Liam Dawson
  9. 9. Chris Jordan
  10. 10. Tom Curran
  11. 11. Reece Topley


  • I made sure Eoin Morgan and Alex Hales were in different teams (ouch).
  • David Willey narrowly missed out on that World Cup squad, but here, Archer plays for the Test team, while Willey makes the ODI XI. Best of both worlds.
  • Initially I had Sam Billings as a T20I finisher/captain, but had to fill a space in the ODIs (given Root was picked for the Test squad). Hence, Ben Duckett was added to the T20I XI.

Extended List of Prospects

These are just the 44 that are ready for the international level. Here is an extended list of players for the next decade. These players were either (1) selected for the 55-men ECB training squad when cricket returned from COVID, (2) have recently represented England Lions, or (3) were picked from the recent T10 League.

Fringe Players (recent standby players): 45. Jake Ball, Amar Virdi, 46. Matt Parkinson, 47. Ollie Robinson

Youngsters to Watch Out (26 or Below): 48. Jamie Overton, 49. Tom Helm, 50. Tom Moores (WK), 51. George Garton, 52. Tom Abell, 53. Alex Davies (WK), 54. Phil Salt, 55. Pat Brown, 56. Henry Brookes, 57. Tom Kohler-Cardmore, 58. Will Jacks, 59. Sam Hain, 60. Brydon Carse

Ex-International Players Out of Favor (but still dominating T20 or County Circuits): 61. Luke Wright, 62. Liam Plunkett, 63. Samit Patel, 64. Adam Lyth, 65. Ravi Bopara, 66. Gary Ballance, 67. Steven Finn

Others: 68. Ben Cox (WK), 69. Laurie Evans, 70. Richard Gleeson, 71. Sam Northeast, 72. Adam Hose, 73. Sam Wisniewski, 74. Daniel Bell-Drummond, 75. Joe Clarke*

*was named in Alex Hepburn rape trial and since been reprimanded. Doubt he will ever be selected for England

The Verdict

England’s ODI, T20I, and first string Test squad are stronger than India’s, but India’s second string Test squad AND depth of reserves is probably higher quality. I even had to pick Haseeb Hameed and Keaton Jennings for the second string Test opening (given that it has taken a decade for England to replace Strauss-Cook in their first string squad, it is no surprise I had trouble in this regard).

England has an abundance of pace bowlers, but the next generation of batsmen have not yet been groomed.

Now, a lot of India’s players (50-75) were the youngsters emerging from the recent U-19 World Cups and IPL 2020 (post-COVID). Since The Hundred was cancelled last year, the English public were robbed of watching exciting young talent. Who knows, after the 2021 edition of The Hundred, maybe England’s depth can overpower India.

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Preview: Eng vs SA – Why SA Will Sweep 3-0

November 27th, the big day is finally here—England (Eng) vs South Africa (SA), India vs Australia, and New Zealand vs West Indies.

We will start by previewing the England vs South Africa 3-match T20I series. This series has been in the news for ominous reasons—Cricket South Africa’s administrative troubles, mixed BLM’s messages, and COVID positive cases. Now that the series is finally on, let us focus on the cricket.

My prediction for the series: South Africa 3, England 0. Read till the end to see why.

Let us know who you think will win in the comments section below!

Also Read: India vs Australia ODI Series Preview, Series Predictions – Twitter Edition

The Batting

Eng: Too Many Options!!

  • England’s limited overs batting has so much depth they are currently practicing with Team Morgan vs Team Buttler. Eyeing the T20 World Cup, experimentation will be the focus before settling down
  • How many openers can they fit in? Bairstow, Roy, Buttler, and now even Stokes (Banton did not even make the T20I squad)
  • Dawid Malan will hold key given his stellar recent form – 16 matches, average of 48.71, 146.66 strike rate, with the best of 103*

SA: Solid Line Up But Finishers Needed

  • De Kock and Faf are in good touch as seen in the IPL. With Miller, Van der Dussen, Bavuma, and Klassen, they have a good mix of experience and youth
  • SA will definitely be steady, but can they need their power hitters and finishers come to the party. (The old Killer Miller, please come back)
  • Consistency will be key with this line-up. If their batsmen fire in the first match, they will be dangerous to watch for the rest of the series.
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The Bowling

Eng: Good composition but expensive death bowling

  • Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, and Chris Jordan are almost a certainty, but who else? Mark Wood? Wickets vs Economy – that is the question.
  • All-rounders will be key. If Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, and Ben Stokes make the XI and are fit enough to bowl, the balance will be handy
  • The Currans make things happen but only one might make the XI

SA: Bowlers for the Win

  • If Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje can repeat their heroics from the IPL, they will be a handful
  • Phelukwayo will be hold the key to South Africa’s success as the key all-rounder in the side
  • Shamsi’s destructive spin in the middle overs give SA the edge

The Broken Dream

Eng: Joe Root and Moeen Ali

  • Moeen Ali has committed to all formats in the final leg of his career but how many chances does he have left in him?
  • Joe Root is massively underrated in T20 cricket. His contributions in the 2016 T20 World Cup were monumental, but he has been selected only for the ODI side, not the T20 side.
  • Will Reece Topley make a comeback?

SA: Is Dale Steyn’s international career over?

  • After having a poor IPL, it seems that Dale Steyn’s international career has finally come to an end.
  • Will Janneman Malan get to showcase his talent?


Previous Battle

Last time England toured South Africa in February 2020 (pre-COVID times), it was a close 2-1 contest in England’s favor. The margins of victory?

  • SA won by 1 run, Eng won by 2 runs, and Eng won with 5 balls to spare.
  • The scores? 177 vs 176, 204 vs 202, 222 vs 226

If this series is going to be anywhere close, it is going to be a cracker of a contest!

Verdict: 0-3 South Africa

England definitely have better resources and will be a threat at the T20 World Cup next year, but 3-match series might not be enough time to find a settled line up. South Africa at home with a clearer batting line up and in-form bowling attack can spring a surprise.

I think South Africa will spice things up and win 3-0 due to the momentum if they start on a good note.

By the time the ODI series gets around, England will have an edge. Whatever ends up happening, this is a series that is going to have high-scoring close contests.

My Starting XI:

These are my starting XI for the first T20I (assuming everyone is available in terms of COVID and injuries).


Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (WK), Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan*, Ben Stokes, Sam Billings, Sam Curran, Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Chris Jordan


Quinton de Kock * (WK), Temba Bavuma, Faf du Plessis, Rassie Van der Dussen, Heinrich Klassen, David Miller, Andile Phelukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi


The Squads

These are the other options in the squads.

Eng: Tom Curran, Jason Roy, Reece Topley, Mark Wood

SA: Junior Dala, Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, George Linde, Keshav Maharaj, Janneman Malan, Dwaine Pretorius, Lutho Simpala, JJ Smuts, Glenton Stuurman, Pite von Biljon, Kyle Verreynne

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What if Brathwaite’s Dream Was NOT Diminished?

Today’s Scenario: Brathwaite’s Dream

Carlos Brathwaite Keeps West Indies’ Dream Alive.


At the 2019 Cricket World Cup (CWC) held in England, all 10 teams played against each other. In the 29th match at Manchester, New Zealand faced the mighty West Indies. Until that point of the tournament, West Indies had won 1, lost 3, and 1 no-result. New Zealand, on the other hand, were unbeaten with 4 wins and 1 no-result. With each team having 4 games in hand, the tournament was still wide open.

The Moment:

Chasing 291, West Indies collapsed to 164-7.

Comes in Carlos Brathwaite. Remember his name? Braithwaite and the tail launches a remarkable comeback. Twists and turns, wickets fall, spectators at the edge of their seats.

Brathwaite hits 3 consecutive sixes in the 48th over. Brathwaite scores his maiden ODI century. Brathwaite can do no wrong.

Brathwaite’s dream is alive. One wicket left, West Indies need 6 off 7 balls, Brathwaite on strike. Surely, it is their game now…

What Actually Happened:

The dynamic duo of Brathwaite and commentator, Ian Bishop, from that 2016 T20 World Cup final are back together. Jimmy Neesham runs it and bowls a short ball, Brathwaite heaves, and Trent Boult is near the boundary. (Yes, the same Trent Boult who would later do this in the Final). All you can see is the ball in the blue sky.

Ball comes down. Gravity happens. Boult catches it. West indies 286-10. New Zealand win with an over to spare.

Ian Bishop exclaims, “New Zealand win! The dream is diminished for Carlos Brathwaite here in Manchester!”

This is the turning point of the tournament. New Zealand go to the top the table. They qualify for the semi finals due to net run-rate despite losing 3 against Pakistan, England, and Australia. West Indies lose momentum and would eventually crash out at 9th place.

Carlos Brathwaite: The Dream Is Diminished

Just Imagine:

If Carlos Brathwaite had managed to hit the ball a yard further, or if Boult had lost his balance, what would have happened?

48.6 – Neesham to Brathwait, SIX!

Has he done it? Yes! Boult tips the ball over the boundary at long on for six. West Indies wins.

The Consequence:

West Indies wins, joins the middle-muddle in the Points Table, and sprints to the semi-finals. New Zealand lose momentum and fail to qualify for the semi-finals.

It is England vs West Indies in the finals. Stokes batting vs Brathwaite bowling final over—a reversal of fortunes from 2016. Stokes attempts to take his revenge. 15 needed from 6.

49.1 – Six, 49.2 – Six. He wants to finish with 3 sixes and complete the revenge.

49.3 – OUT! One shot too many. Still 3 needed from 3.

49.4 – 1, 49.5 – 0, 49.6 – Run OUT!

West Indies win by one run! West Indies have won by the barest of margins. By the barest of all margins.

Brathwaite’s dream is realized. Carlos Brathwaite is the Man of the Match. He is hailed as the best all-rounder of the century. Stokes is dropped from the England squad. Eoin Morgan plays out the rest of his career for Ireland.

Jofra Archer returns to the Barbados. He spearheads the West Indies attack.

West Indies returns to its glory days.

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From Remember the Name to Diminished Dream

Inspired by Conversations with Vandit Trivedi and ESPNCricinfo’s Alternate Universe series.

Sources: ESPNCricinfo (scorecards), Youtube (videos)

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